Wireless Internet

Why victims of AT&T unlimited-data throttling get only $22 in settlements

AT&T has agreed to a $12 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit over its throttling of "unlimited" mobile data plans. As usual, refunds to individual customers amount to a fraction of what the customers paid for the hobbled service. The paltry nature of expected per-person payments was explained by plaintiffs in a filing that asked the US District Court for the Northern District of California to approve the settlement.

Loon, the Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service, Will Close

Google parent Alphabet is shutting down Loon, a high-profile subsidiary spun out from its research labs that used high-altitude helium balloons to deliver cellular connectivity from the stratosphere. Nearly a decade after it began the project, Alphabet pulled the plug on Loon because it did not see a way to reduce costs to create a sustainable business.

National Strategy to Secure 5G Implementation Plan

In accordance with the Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020, the Executive Branch has developed a comprehensive implementation plan associated with the National Strategy to Secure 5G.

5G’s Huge Upfront Bill Will Come Due

Wireless carriers clearly believe their own press about 5G. And they are wagering a huge sum to prove it. The latest auction of wireless spectrum licenses by the Federal Communications Commission ended on January 15 with a total of $80.9 billion.

How can wireless help close the US digital divide?

There are quite a lot of places in the United States where there is no wired or wireless internet connection. The Federal Communications Commission is currently in the first phase of creating more accurate maps to identify these unserved areas. Even if there are macro wireless towers in a rural area, those towers provide service to smartphones.

First Round of C-Band 5G Spectrum Auction Closes

The Federal Communications Commission announced the conclusion of bidding in the clock phase of Auction 107, the largest auction of mid-band 5G spectrum, and the highest-grossing spectrum auction overall, ever held in the United States. The auction made available licenses for 280 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.7- 3.98 GHz band—a portion of the so-called C-band. Bidders have won all of the 5,684 spectrum blocks that were up for bid.

2021 – Closing the Homework Gap Together

Four specific steps government, with industry’s cooperation, can take to make availability and affordability a reality for every American:

5G Challenge Notice of Inquiry

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, under sponsorship of and in collaboration with the Department of Defense 5G Initiative, is seeking comments and recommendations from all interested stakeholders to explore the creation of a 5G Challenge that would accelerate the development of the open 5G stack ecosystem in support of Department of Defense missions. These comments will help NTIA and the U.S. Government identify and mitigate the challenges in creating and executing a competition.

Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi's biggest upgrade in decades, is starting to arrive

Many of 2020’s new phones, laptops, TVs, routers, and more will come with support for Wi-Fi 6E, a new upgrade to Wi-Fi that’s essentially like expanding your wireless connection from a two-lane road to an eight-lane highway. It’s the biggest upgrade to Wi-Fi in 20 years, and connections should be faster and a lot more reliable because of it. The Wi-Fi Alliance, the industry-wide group that oversees Wi-Fi, is now starting to certify the first wave of products with support for Wi-Fi 6E.

The Digital Divide in U.S. Mobile Technology and Speeds

This paper explores two research questions. First, is there a digital divide in how certain groups access mobile broadband as measured by the mobile connection technology? Second, is there a digital divide in the quality of their mobile broadband as measured by download and upload speeds? Overall, we conclude that the mobile digital divide does exist across certain dimensions. Rural areas are somewhat more dependent on non-Wi-Fi mobile technology and experience slower speeds on their mobile connections.